Modern slavery: how to identify and support victims


This statutory guidance describes the signs that someone may be a victim of modern slavery, the support available to victims, and the process for determining whether someone is a victim.


This guidance is for:

  • First Responder Organisations.

  • Organisations with a duty to notify the Home Office when encountering a potential victim of modern slavery.

  • Other organisations involved in the identification of potential victims of modern slavery.

  • Decision makers at the Single Competent Authority.

  • Organisations offering support to potential victims and victims of modern slavery.

Individuals and organisations must have regard to this guidance, with a view to developing a more consistent response to modern slavery victims to ensure they are identified and receive the available and appropriate support.


It has been updated in line with changes to the 'Adults at risk in immigration detention' policy.

The guidance is published under section 49(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which requires the Secretary of State to ‘issue guidance to such public authorities and other persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate about:

  1. The sorts of things which indicate that a person may be a victim of slavery or human trafficking.

  2. Arrangements for providing assistance and support to persons who there are reasonable grounds to believe may be victims of slavery or human trafficking.

  3. Arrangements for determining whether there are reasonable grounds to believe that a person may be a victim of slavery or human trafficking.’

The guidance is available here.

Home Office May 2021

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